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Score: 6.3
This Week and Mild Top 6 Examples: 2,301 Total Clicks Date Range: Aug 15 - Feb 17
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The mild Mexican chili pepper finds a variety of culinary uses
Implications - In its various forms, poblano is a Mexican chili pepper that is steadily gaining popularity as a global ingredient based on its mild flavor and its ability to be easily integrated into dishes. In addition to denoting the underlying experimental nature of consumers when it comes to flavor, and in particular, spices, this progression proves that enhanced consumer knowledge of regional ingredients can lead to a heightened interest in the preparation process of a given dish, whether it is being experienced as a a menu item or being cultivated at home. [More]
Score: 6.5
This Month and Mild Top 4 Examples: 2,485 Total Clicks Date Range: Jan 16 - Feb 17
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Genetically modified hybrid produce appeals to the average consumer
Implications - Food scientists have been genetically hybridizing fruits and vegetables for some time now, though the goals skewed toward expanded resources in developing countries and general scientific breakthroughs. The rise of foodie culture online is embracing hybridized fruit for its novelty. This creates a need for more creative combinations, and signifies strength in the novelty food and flavor movement. [More]
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Score: 6.6
This Month and Warm Top 6 Examples: 1,310 Total Clicks Date Range: Oct 15 - Feb 17
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The vitamin-packed veggie is incorporated as a healthful substitution
Implications - Fueled by the empowered online health food community recent positioning of it as a superfood, cauliflower is being embraced as an all-purpose ingredient and often, as a substitution in traditionally meat-centered dishes. This progression highlights the experimental attitude of consumers looking to enhance vegetarian meal options by channeling staple dishes without compromising experience. [More]
Score: 6.2
This Month and Mild Top 6 Examples: 3,674 Total Clicks Date Range: Mar 16 - Feb 17
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Wine-flavored desserts entice sophisticated flavor seekers
Implications - Playing on the connoisseur culture among the pro millennial sub-segment, wine-flavored treats are increasingly permeating the adult snacking market. A sophisticated twist to indulgent treats, the growing preference for wine infused flavor profiles denotes the strength in desire for playful taste combinations that continues to follow the Millennial foodie into adulthood. [More]
Score: 6.1
This Month and Mild Top 4 Examples: 6,586 Total Clicks Date Range: Nov 15 - Feb 17
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Brands showcase ingredient lists to enhance trust and empower consumers
Implications - Knowing that ingredients are one of the first places consumers look when deciding whether an item suits their lifestyle, dietary restrictions and family eating habits, brands are starting to showcase their ingredients in a very literal way. Listing out the ingredients and formulation of products demonstrates a shift towards genuine engagement as brands lift the veil and empower shoppers who want to make informed choices. [More]
Score: 6.5
This Month and Mild Top 6 Examples: 13,296 Total Clicks Date Range: Apr 15 - Feb 17
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Brands offer critical shoppers an authentic view through window-infused packaging
Implications - Given the mandate to control and enhance product image, many brands are seeing the benefit in letting their goods speak for themselves, giving consumers a window through which they can analyze and come to their own conclusions about a product. Not only satiating consumer curiosity, window paneled packaging also increasingly indicates commitment to quality as modern shoppers feel more secure about brands that demonstrate authenticity and opt not to hide behind brightly colored designs and overly enhanced product images. [More]
Score: 6.1
This Month and Mild Top 6 Examples: 2,774 Total Clicks Date Range: Jan 16 - Feb 17
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The wildflower is incorporated into food and drink in either form
Implications - As consumers are enticed by the organic, fragrant nature of wildflowers that balance fruity and herbal notes, an emergence of elderflower and elderberry-enhanced food and beverage can be observed in particular. This shift highlights the interest in all-natural flavor solutions, as well as suggesting a progression of collective palates toward an expectation of complicated, multifaceted flavors. [More]
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Score: 6.7
This Month and Mild Top 5 Examples: 2,581 Total Clicks Date Range: Aug 16 - Feb 17
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Consumers embrace a new world of artisanal beef
Implications - With many health-conscious consumers treating red meat as an indulgence with consumption limited to a few meals a week, a variety of independent brands are stepping up to offer an elevated butcher experience that also falls in line with the progression toward a mainstream artisanal food culture. This shift highlights the expectation of an authentic food shopping experience in order to denote high quality, as well as suggesting considerable consumer interest in both sustainable food solutions. [More]
Score: 7.9
This Month and Warm Top 5 Examples: 19,082 Total Clicks Date Range: Jan 16 - Jan 17
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Boutique shops offer art-infused edibles
Implications - Battling the idea that sweet indulgences are meant for children, boutique confectioners are infusing these treats with elegance. This combines physical, taste-based indulgence with visual indulgence, providing extra value for older consumers -- Millennials in particular -- for whom indulgence is defined by a connection to status, experience, and value. This multi-leveled approach to the concept of treating oneself grants the penny-pinching Millennial an extra level of permission to indulge. [More]
Score: 6
This Quarter and Mild Top 4 Examples: 3,078 Total Clicks Date Range: Jan 17 - Jan 17
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Meat products integrate consumer-centric packaging design
Implications - Facing a multitude of meat product options, the modern consumer prefers innovatively packaged meats and proteins that fit in easily with their lifestyle and core beliefs. Acknowledging the importance of individuality and curation for many modern shoppers, meat brands are turning towards packaging that appeals to the consumer’s personal branding while also promoting ease of use. This shift towards consumer-centric packaging designates a more seamless integration of products into increasingly customizable lifestyles. [More]